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News New England Tour of “Sea of Birds” Debuts at Marlboro College, March 6-7

Marlboro, VT- (January 13, 2009) - Marlboro College and Vermont Performance Lab co-present, "Sea of Birds," a new interdisciplinary storytelling performance created by artist Sebastienne Mundheim at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7.

"Sea of Birds" is an outgrowth of Mundheim's work in interdisciplinary biographic portraiture originally commissioned by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, with additional funding by The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, a program of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Sigi Berwind. The show premiered in September 2008 and now begins a New England tour with two shows in Marlboro's Whittemore Theater. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased for $12 through or

Large kinetic paper sculpture, dancers, live musicians, and video projections tell a story that parallels a child's memory of Eastern Europe and war with fantasy characters from an American child's imagination. The characters of Gregor the Tormented Meadow Dweller, Guna of the Birch Trees and Ivars the Butterfly Catcher live in a shifting, projected environment of blue and black birds explore the lessons we extract from encounter and departure.

Sebastienne Mundheim is a writer, director, designer, performer, educator, and filmmaker. She has created 17 original performances commissioned by institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, The Rosenbach Museum and Library, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Franklin and Marshall College. She is known for synthesizing complex, sophisticated academic content into lyrical educational performances geared toward young audiences, appealing to all ages. Using sculptural props, shadow puppets, dancers, actors, and music, her performances teach lessons and ask questions. Sebastienne received her BA/BFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and her EdM from Harvard in 2000.

Mundheim will also give a free, public artist talk and demonstration at the River Gallery School, located at 32 Main Street in Brattleboro at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 2. Reservations are recommended. For more information call the River Gallery School at 802-257-1577.

This performance stems from the ongoing partnership between Marlboro College and Vermont Performance Lab, which supports the work of contemporary performing artists through residencies with access to state-of-the-art studio spaces and educational outreach programs. Funding for the presentation comes from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Alice Baber Trust.

For artwork, interviews with Sebastienne Mundheim or more information please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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